Jack Martin Announces New Leadership Positions Throughout Asia
Four appointments from chairman’s recent 10-day Asia trip, all from within,
are the latest examples of the firm’s commitment to the region and to
elevating internal talent
NEW YORK -- April 9, 2013
Hill+Knowlton Strategies Global Chairman and CEO Jack Martin has once again
promoted from within his company’s ranks to fill leadership positions in Asia.
The appointments, announced during a recent 10-day trip to the global firm’s
operations in the region, are the latest in a series of key moves by Martin
that demonstrate commitment to the growing importance of Asia’s emerging
markets, as well as to recognizing and rewarding internal talent.
“You’ve heard me speak often about my vision for our global firm in terms of
filling the Fifth Seat for our clients,” Martin said, “the idea that when
faced with significant decisions, companies turn to lawyers, bankers,
management consultants and accountants for advice, and that our role is to
fill a fifth seat, as the strategic counselor on issues at the intersection of
our clients’ business and the public.
“Today 60 percent of that public lives in Asia. A full one-fifth of that
public lives in China, which is also the largest economy in the world after
the United States,” Martin said. “The influence of China and broader Asia on
our firm and our clients cannot be overstated, and that influence makes the
region a top priority for me and for our firm.”
The new appointments elevate four proven H+K Strategies leaders in the Hong
Kong and India operations and are effective immediately:
*Rachel Chan, a nearly nine-year veteran of H+K, has been promoted to
managing director of the Hong Kong office. Previously, she served as
general manager of the financial communications practice for Greater
*K.W. Lam, who has been with H+K for the past five years, has been named
deputy managing director of Hong Kong. He previously served as the general
manager of the financial communications practice in Hong Kong.
*Radhika Shapoorjee, a member of H+K IPAN since 2007, has been promoted to
president, South Asia. She had served as president of H+K IPAN since 2008.
*Sara Gourlay, who joined H+K in 2000, has been promoted to COO of H+K
Strategies India. She will be based in New Delhi. She had most recently
been serving as the client service director for the region encompassing
Africa, India, the Middle East and Turkey.
Martin’s series of moves to highlight Asia as a focal point started in
December with the appointment of John Morgan, the firm’s Asia Pacific COO, to
be the new president and CEO of Asia. Then in February, Martin elevated China
to region status rather than continuing to be part of the broader Asia region
and promoted long-time H+K Strategies talents Ye Yu and Ivy Soonthornsima to
be co-leaders of the new region. Weeks later the firm announced it had
strengthened its Singapore office by promoting Jamie Morseto be its managing
director and Chip Ng to be its deputy managing director, as well as regional
director of financial communications for Southeast Asia.
“In each case these individuals have been strong assets to the firm and their
respective markets, and I am delighted to have them now serving in positions
of greater leadership,” Martin said. “Just as I cannot overstate the
importance of Asia to our firm, I also cannot overstate the importance of our
amazing and talented team members across the globe to our firm’s success. I am
fully committed to ensuring that success is rewarded and that the opportunity
for promotion and growth are available to all who seek it.”
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Additional background about the new appointments
New title: Managing director, Hong Kong
*Chan’s more than 25 years of experience in corporate and financial
communications was honed in positions within corporations, agencies and
government. In 2004 she joined H+K Strategies, and a four-person financial
communications team, in Hong Kong. Since then she has successfully built
the practice into a team of more than 40 members, working with more than
60 retainer clients and achieving a leading position in the IPO market in
*“My immediate focus is on a highly successful 2013 for our clients and our
firm,” Chan said. “Our team will work to solidify our leadership in
financial communications in the market and continue to bring our
creativity and best ideas to our ever-diversifying portfolio of clients in
*“Rachel is one of Greater China’s most accomplished financial and
corporate communications experts and a proven, well-rounded leader who has
made significant contributions to our firm for more than eight years,”
said John Morgan, president and CEO, H+K Strategies Asia. “She’s built a
client portfolio comprising many of the region’s most respected and
successful companies, whose businesses have helped to shape diverse
sectors across Asia and around the world.As managing director, I'm
confident she’ll lead our Hong Kong operations to even greater heights by
further diversifying the communications and consulting services we provide
New title: Deputy managing director, Hong Kong
*Lam joined H+K Strategies in 2008 and has more than 20 years of experience
in the corporate, marketing, technology and financial communications
areas. He has held positions in corporations and agencies after starting
his career as a journalist.
*“We have a critical mass of established expertise here in the Hong Kong
office, and I look forward to working with my colleagues and leaders
throughout the firm to leverage that expertise to bring strategic value to
our clients,” Lam said.
*“As deputy managing director,” Morgan said, “K.W. will work alongside
Rachel to co-lead our business, service clients and mentor our staff.It’s
always been important for us to nurture and recognize our best talent to
create the strongest leaders in the industry. This commitment is a win-win
in the truest sense.”
New Title: President, South Asia
*Shapoorjee joined IPAN in March 2007 as vice president and was elevated to
lead the firm as president in March 2008. In 2009, she was instrumental in
the integration of IPAN with Hill+Knowlton Strategies.
*“I am delighted and truly privileged to chart out and drive the next phase
of growth for IPAN Hill+Knowlton Strategies in the region. I will also be
looking at strategic business acquisitions that will expand and enhance
our role in the communications industry in the region,“ Shapoorjee said.
“The communications industry is at an inflection point, where clients are
realizing the increasing power and relevance of public relations. Our
local knowledge and experience, infused with international talent and
experience, will go a long way in enhancing our product offering and help
clients realize their strategic communications objectives. I give Sara a
warm Indian welcome and look forward to a great partnership ahead to
realize the full potential of India for our firm in the region.”
New title: COO, India
*Gourlay joined H+K Strategies London office in May 2000 as associate
director. She became a Board Director in the UK in 2003 and transferred
from the UK operation in 2005 to become general manager in Qatar. Gourlay
then took on a client services director role across Asia. She was based in
Singapore from June 2010 before transferring to Dubai in January 2012 to
continue in this role across Africa, India, the Middle East and Turkey,
particularly focusing on clients in India.
*"India is a magical, intoxicating and absorbing country, and the
opportunity to play a role in driving our business forward in that market
is compelling,” Gourlay said. “We have an established team of bright,
engaged professionals and an established heritage of excellence in market,
and we are looking to build on that to increase our offer for India at a
pivotal point in the country's history. On a personal note, I look forward
to being a part of the IPAN team, a team that has always impressed me with
its drive, commitment and ambition."
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